Friday, April 16, 2010

Book Blog Tour of Dark Deceptions by Dee Davis & giveaway

Welcome to the Book Blog Tour of Dark Deception by Dee Davis.
Dark Deceptions
The blurb:
Covert operations expert Nash Brennon has spent the last eight years trying to forget Annie Gallagher, his former field partner and the only woman that he ever loved. Annie betrayed him when he needed her most, then vanished without a trace. Now suddenly, she's back in the game -- this time as a suspected traitor and threat to national security.

Annie's son been kidnapped by political terrorists. The price for his life? Assassinate a UN ambassador. When Nash and his group find her, the smoldering passion between Annie and the man she swore she would never contact again blazes out of control. But can Nash trust her? The stakes couldn't be higher: Their enemy's endgame is personal and one false move could cost them their lives.

I picked up Dark Deceptions hoping for a fun, romantic read with strong CIA thriller undertones. The book is strong on the romance - in a good way. Annie Gallagher is self-sacrificing in her professional and personal life. Though this selfless behavior is sometimes frustrating, Dark Deceptions is a satisfying read.

Overall, if you're looking for a fun, quick romance with a side order of fast-paced action, check out Dark Deceptions.

ISBN-10: 0446542016 - Paperback $6.99
Publisher: Forever; Original edition (April 1, 2010), 384 pages.
Review copy provided by the publisher.

About the Author:
Award-winning author Dee Davis worked in association management before turning her hand to writing. Her highly acclaimed first novel, Everything In Its Time, was published in July 2000. Since then, among others, she's won the Booksellers Best, Golden Leaf, Texas Gold and Prism awards, and been nominated for the National Readers Choice Awards. To date, she has written sixteen books and three novellas. When not sitting at the computer writing, she spends her time exploring Manhattan with her husband, her daughter, and Cardigan Welsh corgi. You can visit her at


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Thank you so much to Anna and Hatchette Book Group for sponsoring the giveaway and for this review opportunity!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Book Blog Tour of Jane Slayre: A Literary Classic with a Blood-Sucking Twist by Charlotte Bronte and Sherri Browning Erwin

Welcome to the Book Blog Tour of Jane Slayre: The Literary Classic with a Blood-Sucking Twist by Charlotte Bronte and Sherri Browning Erwin!

Jane Slayre: The Literary Classic... With a Blood-Sucking TwistThe blurb:
Jane Slayre, our plucky demon-slaying heroine, a courageous orphan who spurns the detestable vampyre kin who raised her, sets out on the advice of her ghostly uncle to hone her skills as the fearless slayer she's meant to be. When she takes a job as a governess at a country estate, she falls head-over-heels for her new master, Mr. Rochester, only to discover he's hiding a violent werewolf in the attic -- in the form of his first wife. Can a menagerie of bloodthirsty, flesh-eating, savage creatures-of-the-night keep a swashbuckling nineteenth-century lady from the gentleman she intends to marry? Vampyres, zombies, and werewolves transform Charlotte Bronte's unforgettable masterpiece into an eerie paranormal adventure that will delight and terrify.

I admit that although I've watched Jane Eyre on Masterpiece Theater, I haven't yet read the book in full. This may sound odd, but after reading this offshoot of the classic novel, I'd like to read the original Jane Eyre.

With the vampyres, werewolves, and zombies, Jane Slayre is a playful adaptation of Charlotte Bronte's classic novel. Whether she's battling vampyres, zombies, or her growing attachment to Mr. Rochester, Jane Slayre is plucky, earnest, and endearing. I enjoyed the vampyre slayer aspects and didn't think that they detracted from the novel.

Overall, I'd recommend Jane Slayre to fans of Jane Eyre and to those looking for a new take on the old vampyre and monster novels. It's a fun, satisfying read!

ISBN-10: 1439191182 - Paperback $15.00
Publisher: Gallery; Original edition (April 13, 2010), 400 pages.
Review copy provided by the publisher.

About the Authors, courtesy of the publisher:
Charlotte Bronte was an English novelist and the author of the literary classic, Jane Eyre. She lived from 1816-1855, and as far as we know, hasn't come back from the dead.

Sherri Browning Erwin is the author of historical and contemporary, often paranormal, fiction. She lives in western Massachusetts with her family Visit her online at

Interested? Want to read more about Jane Slayre - drop by other blogs on the tour!

Participating Sites:
Revenge of the Book Nerds:
Drey’s Library:
Crazy Books & Reviews:
Book Junkie:
The Cajun Book Lady:
I Heart Monster:
Books Gardens & Dogs:
Just One More Paragraph:
The Wayfaring Writer:
Pam’s Private Reflections:
Patricia’s Vampire Notes:
I Heart Book Gossip:
Simply Stacie:
Jeanne's Ramblings:
Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer:
Books And Things:
Book Tumbling:
Jen’s Book Talk:
Avid Reader:
Starting Fresh:
A Journey of Books:
The Life (and Lies) of an Inanimate Flying Object:
Cheryl’s Book Nook:
Must Read Faster:
Maria’s Space:
Michelle & Leslie's Book Picks:
Book, Books Everywhere:
Renee’s Reads:
Books, Movies, Reviews! Oh My!:
Reading Extensively:

Taking Time For Mommy:

Thank you to Sarah and Simon & Schuster for this review opportunity!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Book Blog Tour of Alexandra Gone by Anna McPartlin

Welcome to the Book Blog Tour of Anna McPartlin's Alexandra, Gone!

Alexandra, Gone The blurb:
Once, Jane Moore and Alexandra Walsh were inseparable, sharing secrets and stolen candy, plotting their futures together. But when Jane became pregnant at seventeen, they drifted slowly apart. Jane has spent the years since raising her son, now seventeen himself, on her own, running a gallery, managing her sister's art career, and looking after their volatile mother -- all the while trying not to resent the limited choices life has given her.

Then a quirk of fate and a faulty elevator bring Jane into contact with Tom, Alexandra's husband, who has some shocking news. Alexandra disappeared from a south Dublin suburb months ago, and Tom has been searching fruitlessly for her. Jane offers to help, as do the elevators other passengers -- Jane's brilliant but self-absorbed sister, Elle, and Leslie Sheehan, a reclusive web designer who's ready to step back into the world again. And as Jane quickly realizes, Tom isn't the only one among them who's looking for something. . .or traveling towards unexpected revelations about love, life, and what it means to let go, in every sense.

I loved Alexandra, Gone. Reading the blurb, I had expected the book to be dark and with a greater focus on forensics because of Alexandra's disappearance. Instead, I entered this world of Jane, her sister Elle, their friend Leslie, their new friend Tom, and the rest of Jane's off-kilter family. Getting to know these people, what and who they love, their vulnerabilities and hopes, and their stories and strengths was full of laughs and surprises.

In Jane, Elle, and Leslie of Alexandra, Gone, Anna McPartlin created such warm, witty, and fleshed out characters that the book reminded me of close friends that I miss. Despite the tragedies that occur, the book celebrates life and friendship. I highly recommend Alexandra, Gone to someone looking for a witty, unusual, and upbeat read. I loved it so much that I'm hand delivering my copy to my mother this weekend - I'm sure that she'll love it!

ISBN-10: 1439123330 - Paperback $15.00
Publisher: Downtown Press; Original edition (April 13, 2010), 368 pages.
Review copy provided by the publisher.

About the Author, courtesy of the publisher: Anna McPartlin is the author of the internationally bestselling novels Pack Up the Moon, Apart from the Crowd, and As Sure as the Sun. She lives in Dublin with her husband, Donal.

Participating Sites:

Foreign Circus Library:
Dragonflies ‘n Daydreams:
Book Junkie:
I Read:
Starting Fresh:
Frugal Plus:
Star Shadow:
The Bibliophilic Book Blog:
Brizmus Blogs Books:
The Avid Reader:
Jeanne's Ramblings:
Sharon's Garden of Book Reviews:
Book N Around:
The Book Tree:
You Wanna Know What I Think? :
My Book Views:
I Heart Book Gossip:
Mad Hatter Mom:
Arms of a Sister:
Books and Needlepoint:
All About {n}:
Books Gardens & Dogs:
Dan’s Journal:
Books In the City:
So Many Books, So Little Time:
Just Jennifer Reading:
Bellas Novella:
Celtic Lady’s Reviews:
Wise Owl Book Reviews:
I Heart Books:
CMash Loves To Read: Loving Heart Mommy:

Thank you so much to Sarah and PocketBooks for this review opportunity!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Book Blog Tour of How Clarissa Burden Learned to Fly by Connie May Fowler

Welcome to the Book Blog Tour of How Clarissa Burden Learned to Fly by Connie May Fowler!

I'm very excited to welcome Connie May Fowler today who is here to share a bit about the inspiration of How Clarissa Burden Learned to Fly and to talk about the research that she does when writing. Welcome, Connie - thank you so much for stopping by!

How Clarissa Burden Learned to Fly


I'm thrilled that Gaby has invited me to write a guest post for her wonderful blog. Thank you, Gaby! She has asked me about the research I conduct when "creating the characters, describing the places and events" in my novels. And she also asks, "What was the inspiration for How Clarissa Burden Learned to Fly?"

Writers must be, above all else, curious creatures. I am boundlessly interested in just about anything. A bottle of Wite-Out can fascinated me for hours! As such, life as it is happening all around is a rich and endless source of research. I keep files on my characters. I look at catalogues and decide not what I would buy but what THEY would buy. Sometimes I go out to eat and order what Clarissa wants, not what I want. Getting into character, when you are a writer, is very similar to how actors approach their craft. You have to know as much as you possibly can about them so that when you sit down to write, they are fully dimensional and believable.

Research fuels creativity. And indeed, it was research that prompted the inspiration for How Clarissa Burden Learned to Fly. About five years ago I was researching pre-Civil War Florida and came across information about the 1819 Florida Purchase Treaty. Florida was a Spanish colony and though Spain didn't practice progressive policies throughout the New World, in Florida it did. For instance, women and black people could own land. Black men could sit on juries. It was, considering what was occurring in the United States, an imperfect Utopia. But the treaty called for Florida to be turned over to the U.S. -- a place where slavery and the subjugation of women flourished in 1821. Thanks to a real estate deal, the most basic of human rights were stripped from two groups: women and people of African descent. That haunted me. For years, I walked around with that in my head, creating characters that would have been directly, horrendously affected by the treaty. But I didn't want it to be a historical novel in the traditional sense, so it also became a ghost story with Clarissa Burden being our current day heroine. Clarissa, too, has to find her path to freedom. I was interested in what happens to people who are trapped in cruel relationships (government or familial) -- how that shapes them and affects other aspects of their lives. Clarissa's challenges are many and most of them stem from the simple fact that she is mired in a horrible marriage. Her march toward freedom is tied to the past -- she recognizes that -- and this tension between past and present, the acceptance of cruelty or its outright rejection, forms the foundation of the novel.

Again, Gaby, thanks so much for this opportunity! I hope your readers will love How Clarissa Burden Learned to Fly.



Thank you so much, Connie for taking the time to chat. I enjoyed learning the different measures that you take when fleshing out the characters. Clarissa and the other characters came across so clearly in the novel.

The blurb:
Set amidst the lush pine forests and rich savannahs of Florida's Northern Panhandle, this is the story of one woman whose existence until now seemed fairly normal: She is thirtysomething, married and goes about her daily routine as a writer. But we soon learn that ghosts, an indifferent husband, and a seemingly terminal case of writer's block are burdening Clarissa's life. She awakes on the summer solstice and, prodded by her own discontent and one ghost's righteous need for truth, commences upon a twenty-four-hour journey of self-discovery.

Her harrowing, funny, and startling adventures lead Clarissa to a momentous decision: She must find a way to do the unthinkable. Her life and the well-being of a remarkable family of blithe spirits hang in the balance.

In How Clarissa Burden Learned to Fly, Connie May Fowler once again demonstrates her keen abilities as a storyteller. A remarkably original and empowering novel about an unexpected midlife awakening, it will resonate and be discussed for years to come.

I admit that when I read about Clarisse Burden in her large, well cared for and beautifully proportioned house with a husband frolicking with nude models in the garden, I didn't sympathize with Clarisse. I kept wanting her to get angry and kick the deadbeat out of her house!

But as Clarisse's personal history, wit and personality unfolded, I slowly sympathized and could understand why she didn't call her husband on his ludicrous behavior. Albeit, I kept hoping that she would. Getting to know Clarisse - her kindness and generosity to the young reporter, her wry internal voice, and interest in her surroundings - helped draw me in.

Once I got into it, I thoroughly enjoyed How Clarissa Burden Learned to Fly. Clarissa's voice is smart, observant, and a little sad. As she focuses on other people and their stories, she becomes engaged and you see how Clarissa was able to write stories that touched people's lives. If you're looking for an unusual absorbing read, I highly recommend How Clarissa Burden Learned to Fly.

ISBN-10: 0446540684 - Hardcover $23.99
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; 1 edition (April 2, 2010), 288 pages.
Review copy provided by the publisher.

About the Author:
Connie May Fowler is an essayist, screenwriter, and novelist. She is the author of five novels, most recently, The Problem with Murmur Lee, and a memoir, When Katie Wakes. Her 1996 novel, Before Women Had Wings, became a bestseller in paperback and was adapted into a successful Oprah Winfrey Presents movie. She also founded the Connie May Fowler with Wings Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to aiding women and children in need.

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Thank you again, Connie for taking the time to chat with us and the chance to review your book! Thanks so much to Miriam, Henry, Brianne, and Hatchette Books Group for this review opportunity!